Australia in England 2012 June 25, 2012

England at full strength for Australia

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England have named a full-strength one-day squad for the series against Australia which starts on Friday with the 14-man party the same as originally named for the matches against West Indies.

None of the players drafted in when England rotated their squad for the final ODI against West Indies - which was washed out at Headingley - are included for the start of the series. Stuart Meaker, Chris Woakes and James Tredwell were brought in when Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were rested.

England did not make any changes during the first two ODIs against West Indies which means Jade Dernbach, Samit Patel and Jonny Bairstow have yet to feature in 50-over cricket for England this season although all three played in the Twenty20 victory at Trent Bridge.

The captain Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara will prepare by facing Australia after being released for Essex's match at Chelmsford on Tuesday. Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan are also available to Middlesex for the Friends Life t20 fixture against Kent while Craig Kieswetter is available for Somerset.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "The series win against West Indies was pleasing and we are making steady progress in one-day cricket with a sixth straight series victory on home soil. Australia are a strong one day side and I've no doubt this will be a challenging NatWest series for us and we will need to play some very good cricket over the next three weeks.

"Playing against the No. 1 ranked one-day side in the world is an excellent test for us as we look to keep steadily improving ahead of next summer's Champions Trophy and the 2015 World Cup."

Squad Alastair Cook (capt) James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott

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  • JG2704 on June 28, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @MattyP1979 on (June 27 2012, 23:04 PM GMT) Truth is they are number 1 ODI side and by a comsiderable distance so they must be doing something right. I have had too many false alarms as an Eng fan in this fmt to have full belief

  • MattyP1979 on June 27, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    The simple fact is that Aus have a fragile batting card (at best) and all Aussies are pinning their hopes to 2 very young and experienced quicks. Between them I have older socks. Narine has played more and was considered to be the perfect foil against us and look how he faired. By the way isn't Cummins a pom? That is really got to hurt. Eng to win but a reasonable series.

  • on June 27, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    hah what best squad when there iz no pietersen

  • on June 27, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    these days everyone can beat aussies, i yhnk evn zimbawe

  • zenboomerang on June 27, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Eng looks like a good team & will be hard to beat at home - last series Eng 3-2 Oz (in Eng), so expect a similar if not better result for Eng... Oz didn't pick their best OD batters for this tour, which is a pity & may rue what I see as a continuing lack of logical batting selection for ODI's... Giving possible Test candidate - Forrest - a run in OD'ers is plain stupid as his performances have shown... Since dumping Ponting, CA has tried using fillin players rather than picking those that have shown good form in the last 1-2 years... It seems our T20 & ODI batting squads are just testing grounds & keeping the established players being paid well...

  • on June 27, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    This OZ team can beat england .......... sure

  • on June 27, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    australia will won the match

  • Buckers410 on June 27, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Good looking squad. Will test the Aussies, but thats about all Warner, Wade, Watson, Clarke, D. Hussey, Bailey, Smith, Lee, Doherty, Mckay, Cummins

    Cook (c), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Keiswetter, Morgan, Patel, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn/Dernbach

    Both good looking sides on paper. Will be great contest, can't wait

  • whatawicket on June 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    adho not dan christian we saw in the ipl what a waste, his cost was about 1 million for a guy that was regularly going for 12 an over and his batting a joke. if you want to take this new team seriously this guy should never be considered

  • YorkshirePudding on June 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Eight8, its difficult to judge but the Aussies at the moment as they may be on the same rollercoaster that england were on in the 90's where a series of good results against average opponents flattered them only for them to come up against a superior Australian side and get dumped back on the seat of thier pants. All in all 4 strong test teams are good to have as it leads to good competative series between them.

  • JG2704 on June 28, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @MattyP1979 on (June 27 2012, 23:04 PM GMT) Truth is they are number 1 ODI side and by a comsiderable distance so they must be doing something right. I have had too many false alarms as an Eng fan in this fmt to have full belief

  • MattyP1979 on June 27, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    The simple fact is that Aus have a fragile batting card (at best) and all Aussies are pinning their hopes to 2 very young and experienced quicks. Between them I have older socks. Narine has played more and was considered to be the perfect foil against us and look how he faired. By the way isn't Cummins a pom? That is really got to hurt. Eng to win but a reasonable series.

  • on June 27, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    hah what best squad when there iz no pietersen

  • on June 27, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    these days everyone can beat aussies, i yhnk evn zimbawe

  • zenboomerang on June 27, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Eng looks like a good team & will be hard to beat at home - last series Eng 3-2 Oz (in Eng), so expect a similar if not better result for Eng... Oz didn't pick their best OD batters for this tour, which is a pity & may rue what I see as a continuing lack of logical batting selection for ODI's... Giving possible Test candidate - Forrest - a run in OD'ers is plain stupid as his performances have shown... Since dumping Ponting, CA has tried using fillin players rather than picking those that have shown good form in the last 1-2 years... It seems our T20 & ODI batting squads are just testing grounds & keeping the established players being paid well...

  • on June 27, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    This OZ team can beat england .......... sure

  • on June 27, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    australia will won the match

  • Buckers410 on June 27, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Good looking squad. Will test the Aussies, but thats about all Warner, Wade, Watson, Clarke, D. Hussey, Bailey, Smith, Lee, Doherty, Mckay, Cummins

    Cook (c), Bell, Trott, Bopara, Keiswetter, Morgan, Patel, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn/Dernbach

    Both good looking sides on paper. Will be great contest, can't wait

  • whatawicket on June 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    adho not dan christian we saw in the ipl what a waste, his cost was about 1 million for a guy that was regularly going for 12 an over and his batting a joke. if you want to take this new team seriously this guy should never be considered

  • YorkshirePudding on June 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Eight8, its difficult to judge but the Aussies at the moment as they may be on the same rollercoaster that england were on in the 90's where a series of good results against average opponents flattered them only for them to come up against a superior Australian side and get dumped back on the seat of thier pants. All in all 4 strong test teams are good to have as it leads to good competative series between them.

  • Kentheavenonearth on June 26, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    This is, without question, a Golden Age. Our best side since the 1950s when we last truly dominated. And now that the captain and star player are focused on Tests only can't wait for arrival of Proteas ! Come and play for Surrey more KP !

  • Eight8 on June 26, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @jmcilhinney. I'm not questioning England's status as the no.1 test team. Whilst not as dominant as the Aussie team of a decade ago, they have been on balance the best side over the last few years. They have some great personel, good planning and some good comraderie.

    More pointing out that the Aussie naysayers need to reflect on actual results a bit more, as our ODI record over the last few years stacks up pretty good (not sure how it compares to say SA and IND, but is pretty healthy) and the points system has got to mean something. If someone else wants the term world's best team they are going to have to take it off us.

    Based on results over the last few years, we aren't that far behind the POMS in tests. As a team on the upward curve (pending us getting our batting together in the next few years and that is far from a certainty), we have been steadily climbing the rankings again. Back to back Ashes series will really affect standings. POMS will deservedly start favourites, though

  • Adoh on June 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Very concerned about the Australian selections. We could probably survive the poor selection of 1 bowler - Mitch. I have little faith that our batting group is the best available. Bailey, Forrest are highly questionable selections. Much better to select Christian, then Kilnger or Ferguson. These guys are international quality, Christian has more than proven himself able to bring his best game to the international arena, so has Ferguson for that matter - Klinger would be worth a go. Forrest has a decent technique but is too pedestrian for the one day game and places too much pressure on his batting partners. Bailey does not even rate as a high quality domestic player. Yes, he has leadership qualities, but that does not compensate for playing ability.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @Eight8 on (June 26 2012, 04:24 AM GMT), the only time I've heard the term "golden age of English cricket" it has been opposition fans telling us it's not it it's over. England fans are mainly just enjoying having some success after some years of being bad to ordinary. Maybe England's results recently seem better than they actually are and Australia's worse because of what went before but I will say that anyone who says that England's grip on the #1 Test spot is tenuous and doesn't believe the same of Australia's ODI ranking is not really being objective.

  • AKS286 on June 26, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Dernbach is a very expensive bowler. except of cook & bell i did't find any batsmen who can handle pressure and score big runs.if Oz strike early with the new ball then ENG will be at poor stage.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding on (June 26 2012, 06:47 AM GMT), let's also not forget that, while Australia were the winners of the CB series, on a head-to-head basis they were actually beaten by SL so that unbeaten record is extremely tenuous of late. That said, England's last two series before WI were a 4-0 win against Pakistan and a 5-0 loss to India we've been good and bad and they've been mediocre.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 26, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    I'm looking forward to watching some of the new faces in the Australian team, to see what the competition is like ahead of next years Ashes, all in all it looks a balanced team but is still very inexperienced, especially in conditions outside australia. I juast hope that its a decent contest and not as one sided as the ODI series against the WI's was.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 26, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    @Buggsy, technicallly it isnt the same australian side thats been number one for years, as at least half the squad have only been selected in the last 12-18 months. As for not losing an ODI since 2010, they almost did in the West indies earlier this year where they could only manage a drawn series by the skin of thier teeth, and that was against the 8th best ODI team boot.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 26, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    @landl, rejoice that you have the extra Test. South Africa thought that the Australians were worth only 2 Tests. Can you remember the last time that anyone apart from England and Australia played a 5-Test series? Even 4-Test series are becoming collectors' items.

  • anver777 on June 26, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Even though, they'r playing in Eng conditions. I still believe its gonna be a tough series for Cook & co....... Currently Aus team is on a re building process but are competitive enough !!!!!

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Keepa-batsman on (June 26 2012, 03:15 AM GMT), a lot of people say a lot of things but it doesn't necessarily make it so. Just a couple of examples. David Warner has a reputation as a fast scorer while Alastair Cook is considered a plodder. Warner's career strike rate is better than Cook's but that includes Cook's stats before being dropped. He has basically reinvented himself since being reselected as captain and has outstripped Warner by a considerable margin in both average and strike rate over about the same number of games Warner has played. Warner may get better but, on current form, Cook is all over him. As for bowling, Cummins has played one series so is still a bit of an unknown and Pattinson has been distinctly ordinary in ODIs so far. Writing a list of players' names and saying that they're better doesn't make them better. Arguments could be made either way but you don't even bother to make an argument. You just make a baseless statement. Can't really respect that.

  • Eight8 on June 26, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    There's been lot's of talk about who's the better side in tests & ODI. Here's some figures off the cricinfo archives. These are since the 09/10 season and just show wins and losses (no ties, draws or no results included).

    Tests Aus W 18, L 8 Eng W 19, L 7 ODI Aus W 50, L 23 Eng W 32, L 18

    This timeframe obvioulsy gives a reasonable sample including home and away and weaker teams and stronger teams and includes a number of series against each other. Yes, the Aussies aren't the team of the late 90s & early 00s, but they aren't that bad. If this is the golden age of England cricket then it isn't that golden. For what many people (both international and Aussies) are labelling a mediocre team, out test record over the last 3 years is pretty close to England's, and our ODI record is substantially superior. Conclusion: our mediocrity is equal or better than England's best?

    Australia still deserve the no. 1 ODI ranking or at least a ranking above England. Home ground advantage evens it out.

  • jmcilhinney on June 26, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    @simonyue on (June 26 2012, 00:08 AM GMT), this is an ODI series and against Pakistan England did the whitewashing in ODIs. Not a good example to support your case.

  • Keepa-batsman on June 26, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    warner, watson, forrest, clarke, d hussey, wade,smith, lee, pattinson, cummins mackay=batting and bowling depth superior to england

  • Buggsy on June 26, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    @the peron who wrote "This is the poorest Australian side for some years". That's right, this same Australia team who has been no. 1 in ODI cricket for the last who knows how many years, the same team who hasn't lost a ODI series since around 2010, barring the World Cup. Yep, poor indeed.

  • jakeyboy91 on June 26, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    As much as im an Aussie fan, this series is going to be closer than it should. England have a decent squad - and seem to have players in a bit of form. i think If australia had a full strength side they would win comfortably - there bowling is far better than englands - all these english comments below suggest they highly underestimate pattinson cummins etc. bowling wise aussie are strong But batting is weak, especially without M hussey in there. Forrest, smith, bailey hilfenhaus and Mckay are not worthy of international selection. Far better players in the domestic circuit than these muppets. usman Khawaja, steve o keefe, jo burns, michael klinger, tom cooper, callum ferguson, dan christian, jackson bird, james faulkner, aaron finch, rob quiney, glenn maxwell, nathan coulter nile, mitchell marsh, travis birt, shaun marsh. Surely some of these guys are better than whats in the team atm. Realistically a Aussie 2nd XI should thrash England - if only we wernt coached by a south african ;)

  • simonyue on June 26, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    You poms are ridiculous. You can remember wins from 5 years ago but forgot about whitewashes against Pakistan and India as well as the 6-1 loss to Australia in ODIs. Pretty good all round effort....

  • on June 25, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Australia will lose because Johnson can't bowl

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @Optic on (June 25 2012, 16:56 PM GMT) To be fair , just because we are not familiar with these names , doesn't mean they are bad players. Australia are number1 OD side for a reason

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 25 2012, 08:46 AM GMT) Australia are a very decent OD side. We'll certainly do our best but we are up against it here

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @fr0nt-foot_lunge on (June 25 2012, 09:37 AM GMT) And if you (presuming you mean SA) managed to defend a 300+ score against Oz , not drop a test at home vs SL and won some more of those drawn series. But why face reality when you can use an example where you were actually unlucky? It's like why post something original with an original user name? Please publish

  • on June 25, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    This is the poorest Australian side for some years, and honestly, Aussies have to accept that the Glory Days are long gone.

  • on June 25, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    landl47, agreed wholeheartedly

  • on June 25, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    This is indeed a full-strength squad - Pietersen is out at last, and if they can just forget about the egregious Morgan, they have a winning side. Oh, and Australia now are even poorer than they have been for the last few years. I wouldn't put hard cash on it, but England will win the series by at least three matches. You saw it here first, folks!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @G.Sri "whipping boy..." So who is this; Beaten by Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe twice, Beaten 8-0 in England, Beaten,,, lost count of number of time,, in Australia, beaten by SA in ODI in SA, beaten by Bangladesh in Asia Cup. Who is this? IS IT ENGLAND? who you call "whipping boy"! NO IT IS INDIA!!!! India is whipping boy here. Best not to throw a stone if you are in Glass House @G.Sri....

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Nice to see the massed intellects of Australia's finest ranged against us!!!

  • 5wombats on June 25, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    @bigdhonifan - oh thanks for reminding us about Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe - remember? The team that beat India twice in Zimbabwe recently? Now, what were you saying about "pathetic"? Or does that not count because it was not in India?

  • Optic on June 25, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    I remember when they were last over here with a better side and we were probably worse in 2010, for all their arrogance all they could manage was a couple of dead rubbers. The only reason they still rank No1 is because of the points incurred by their once great side, it will soon catch up with them and they will find their true level around No.6 if we're being honest. We all saw how they toiled with the WI and tbh should have been beaten and not got lucky with a draw because the WI were the better side by some distance and we all saw how easily England dispatched of the same side. Obviously when England roll them over like we always do nowadays, the excuses will flow, it will be because so and so's missing or they didn't prepare properly, or it was D/L's fault.

  • Optic on June 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @jonesy2 i laughed reading the names of Wade, Doherty, Forrest, Smith and of course bailey & McKay. if this is Australia's best team, god help them

  • yorkslanka on June 25, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    trott may have a good average but he is THE most boring player to watch..his type of batting puts people off watching cricket...any paint drying i can watch instead...

  • Ross_Co on June 25, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Who cares? It doesn't get more meaningless than this particularly pointless jaunt - apart from, of course, the IPL. Both teams should arrange for telecasts of previous matches to be shown and then just nip up the pub. Nobody will know the difference.

  • Srini_Indian on June 25, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @m_rbhat: At least India play with 11 Indians and take whatever it comes unlike England who hardly has any local talent. With the 11 Indians we won 2 ODI world cups, 1 T20 world cup, no.1 in tests and countless Asia cup wins. Now what England has achieved in 100+ years with imports from SA, Ireland, India etc? Oh yeah, we know what England are really capable of :-) Whipping boys :-)

  • phoenixsteve on June 25, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @Jonesy2... You don't seem to realise that it doesn't matter much which players England select? An England 2nd XI would be too strong for your Aussies. Maybe while your team are here Lords will let them see the Ashes - in case they've forgotten what it looks like! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • subbass on June 25, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Dernbach had a decent series v Pakistan he is just a bit hit or miss, but when he gets those slower balls and yorkers right he is a dangerous bowler. I am glad they are sticking with him for now. Don't forget he lost a very good friend recently in young Maynard, as we all know it was an utterly tragic waste. It has probably been very hard for him to play his best cricket of late, plus he had his arm heavily strapped in yesterdays game so maybe he was not quite as sharp physically as well as mentally. The guy is a promising ODI bowler, but I also agree Woakes is and can bat too, so it was probably a very close call between the two.

  • JG2704 on June 25, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Sad to see so many silly comms from both sides. If we beat Aus it will be a great win as they are number 1 in ODIs for a reason. On paper they may not look as great as some other sides but it's another substance over style situation there.

  • bigdhonifan on June 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Aussies will win 5-0. England is the most pathetic ODI team. They can play against Zimbabwe or Kenya.

  • landl47 on June 25, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    The problem with this series is it shouldn't be happening. I find it literally sickening that a test series between the #1 and 2 ranked teams should be pruned to 3 games to accommodate an entirely pointless set of ODI games. It doesn't even make financial sense- at least 8 of the 10 days of 2 extra test matches would be sell outs, so even if every ODI is a sell out, that's still only 5 days against 8 (plus any 5th day sales in either test). As for the games themselves, Aus are always tough to beat; every other country, including England, could take a lesson from the Aussie determination. If their quick bowlers fire, they'll be hard to score against. However, Aus is a pretty weak batting side (even weaker without Mike Hussey) and they haven't had much match practice. Most of England's batsmen are in decent form and the bowling is strong, especially in England. It could easily go either way, especially if England have their minds on SA. I don't expect a one-sided series.

  • demon_bowler on June 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Welcome to Fortress England, Australia. Last time you came over here, we raced to 3-0, before allowing you a couple of consolation victories, but this time we won't be feeling so generous.

  • chicko1983 on June 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Man this series victory is gonna be sweet for the Aussies. The beginning of the end for the golden age of English cricket. I hope you enjoyed the three years of "dominance" in which you have won only one more test match than the Aussies (that is deadest correct stat) and had one fewer test loss ( that is also correct), because another 15 year reign of real dominance, by a team that can win anywhere and doesnt get whitewashed, about to start. @threeslipsandagully - Hughes recently made a hundred in county facing Steven Finn, the ultra quick and intimidating English bowler that the poms rate because he once bowled a ball at 91 mph.

  • on June 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @England Selectors....plz bring in KP...without him its difficult to watch England in One Day Internationals !

  • on June 25, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @RandyOz and Jonesy2 : hey ppl dont dream about Aussies winning away from now on...ur days at the top are over...Australia only win in Australian not anywhere else !

  • 5wombats on June 25, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @Hammond - agreed mate and nicely put, "dying fumes...". It's nice to get the Aussies over here when England are in reasonable shape in all forms of the game. Particularly when Aus are not.

  • threeslipsandagully on June 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Really, jonesy2? Trott averages 49 in ODI cricket, and two of his three tons in ODI cricket came against Australia. Morgan, Broad and Swann would walk into most international one day teams, let alone domestic ones. I'm not going to argue about Bopara, there are several batsmen on the county circuit I'd sooner see in the side than Ravi.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 25, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Jonsey... isn't the BBL T20? This is ODIs. Different format. Different players. Different rules. I hope that you aren't suggesting that Australia are only planning to bat for 20 overs anyway?

  • i_witnessed_2011 on June 25, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 25 2012, 10:51 AM GMT): Going by your analysis on "imports" and strong team, India should have been the strongest team in the world!! 3-5 teams have "imports" from India. But we all know how strong India is :) .

    I think England team is improved in ODI (atleast in home condition) and I hope they play a competative cricket.

  • jonesy2 on June 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    im not trying to rile up the pommy supporters but seriously none, none, of these players would make a ryobi cup team. just ask jade dernbach who got so badly creamed and was not up to BBL standard that he was shunned for good. if england dont get tumped in every game then they have done well. england have a lot to learn from australia.

  • jonesy2 on June 25, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    i laughed reading the names of trott, patel and of course bopara and dernbach. if this is englands best team, god help them

  • CricketingStargazer on June 25, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Randy, what domestic One Day International series? You know that it is in our interests to feed Phil Hughes a few runs to get him back in the Australian side.

  • threeslipsandagully on June 25, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Australia and spin? Seriously? As for Phil Hughes, we all know what happens when he comes up against decent bowling. That is, of course, assuming that Watson doesn't run him out first. And aside from Pattinson, what are the bowling options? The extremely overrated Lyon? The aging, injury-prone Lee? The wayward Johnson? Starc, who seemed to have trouble dismissing Chris Martin at the end of last year? And another thing; at least our imports can actually get in the team. Usman Khawaja, anyone?

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @RandyOz- good try mate. Bog average in all forms of the game, and only ODI number one on the dying fumes of a once great side. Even the windies managed to draw the last odi series against Australia. V England in England? Get your excuses ready (oh sorry looks like you've already started).

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I don't really think that this series should be being played but, as it is, I'm still going to be watching because I want to see England win every game they can. I'm not going overboard like some people on both sides though. I expect this to be a hard-fought series. Australia are still the #1 ranked team in ODIs but, to be frank, the current team are not the ones who got them there in the first place. Australia played an under-strength WI recently and drew 2-2 while England's last series was a 4-0 win over Pakistan, ranked higher than WI. England have been strong at home for a while but they are also yet to demonstrate overall consistency. Both teams have some young players and a few players who will be eager to prove themselves. I will be shocked if either team wins this series 5-0. 4-1 is a possibility but more likely 3-2 with most, if not all, games relatively close.

  • whatawicket on June 25, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    would have rather had woakes then dernbach as hes a better all round player.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Good to see the minimum quota of 4 internationals in the squad. Lord knows there wouldn't be 14 good Englishmen to pick from. The only person carving it up in the domestic ODI series is Phil Hughes! This is the guy they all ridicule. How bad does that make them look? Bunnies like Bell and Bairstow will sadly have their careers ended. Bit of chin music and Bairstow will go to water, bit of spin and Bell will too!

  • whatawicket on June 25, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    pommyadders i take your point but you must remember if eng are 3 up after 3, games 4 and 5 are very important.because they would take england to # 1 and would make us #1 in all forms of the game.now that would be a gas.

  • RandyOZ on June 25, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Bit of an Oxymoron this title, because England have little to no strength in the one day game. The little strength they do have is on the back of various imports. The talent in England is at such a dire level that they have Irishmen playing for them. On the contrary Australia is so strong Ireland has Australians playing for them (as do the Netherlands!). How a team can legitimately claim superiority on the back of such poaching is beyond me. Mickey Mouse may as well stay there and add another Saffer to their setup. This will be a crushing victory and bunnies like Bell will have their ODI careers ended by the likes of Pattinson and Cummins.

  • on June 25, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Come on England . . . if you win this ODI series convincingly the Saffers will just be the no. 1 ICC ranked ODI team without even having to play the Ausies, NOT that we are scared, at all, to do that. I can't wait for our boys to teach those yellow canaries an ODI lesson that they shall never forget and that goes for the tests as well. By the way, make yourself ready for a tough series against our boys. The latter are not the West Indies . . . they never lie down before the last ball has been bowled, never!

  • on June 25, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    England Team is much in good shape so good chance for them to beat Australia

  • dinosaurus on June 25, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    What on earth is FrontFootLunge going to do when normal Ashes service is resumed,as it surely will be.

  • moloko on June 25, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I think australia witkk thrash englang comfortably.

  • tanstell87 on June 25, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    England gonna thrash the ordinary Aussie side just like last time in 2010...

  • Hammond on June 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Get your excuses ready, one eyed Aussie cricket followers.

  • Clyde on June 25, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    To put things in perspective, this series is only a series of one-dayers. There will be manipulation of the fielding, such things as 'power play', things to jolly it up artificially. It does not have much appeal to those who like cricket as a simple game of bat and ball. I find it hard to understand why this false version of the game has gone on for so many years.

  • pommyadders on June 25, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    The true joy of this series will come when Eng go 3-0 up and then rest the entire team for the last 2 dead rubbers. We'll want those players nice and fresh for the main dish that arrives later this summer. Australia.........the new Prawn Cocktails of world cricket!!

  • chicko1983 on June 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @F-F-L - show us your mineral wealth ... Err...I mean, show us your sub continent series wins! I noticed that you included the The last three years. Well since 2009, Australia are 22 wins, 10 losses, and 7 draws. England are 23 wins, 9 losses, 12 draws. Dominant poms, Hahaha! The last year highlights the " dominance" even more - Australia 9-3-3 and England 10-4-3. Oh yeah, When was the last time such a dominant team got whitewashed?

  • Front-Foot_lunge on June 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Sadly, the closest Cook ever gets to lifting a series trophy, is the pre-series photo-shoot.... If it wasn't for rain in Wellington, we wouldn't have even had the Test sceptre to pose with and embarrassingly have to hand back lose to 40K in performance fees for being number 1 in test for so little time......

  • Patchmaster on June 25, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @ Front Foot Lunge. Perfectly put !

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Aussies best in the world verses a resurgent England ODI. Aussies havent lost a ODI series in a while and will be tough and have a whole new lineup of youth mixed with experience. I say england will get rocked by this Aussie team. Last time Australia visitied the series was 6-1. England have beaten the not so good ODI teams in the past series and i think Australia will win comfortably

  • chilled_avenger on June 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Australia may not be as good as England in tests,but they are the No.1 team in ODI rankings for crying out loud! Just because England iis No. 1 in Tests doesn't mean that ODI rankings are of no importance now. Remember that in last 3 ODI Series played between the two teams,Australia won by a margin of 6-1 home and away in 2009 and 2011 while England won a home series in 2010 by 3-2! Will you still say that Australia has been a ridicule and England is hammering everything? Aussies are the No.1 team in ODIs just as England is No.1 in Tests so don't undermine them in ODIs.

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Australia is still the No1 ODI Team in the World, never under estimate the Aussies.

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Hey Front-Foot-Lunge,

    This is an ODI series. Have a look at the ICC rankings. I hope England makes a game of it. You know, for the spectators...

    As for the Test rankings, the pudding is next year. We'll see about the proof.

    Now about getting cocky. Let me know when England has dominated Test cricket for over 15 years. That was PRETTY FREAKIN' SWEET, OOOOH YEAAHHH!!! ;-)

  • PDTM on June 25, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    A full strength team, minus their best batsman.

  • nlight on June 25, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Of these Bairstow, Dernbach & Patel would appear to have less claim to a place.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    The dominant England of the last three years has attracted envy as green as an English meadow from certain sections. No one would even begin to question who the better test team is, without risking utter ridicule. The question is, will the successful one-day England team, who have broken ODI records by having six consecutive centurions, have one eye on the real series this summer against number 2 South Africa, or will they continue to hammer everything in sight? My vote goes for the latter. Australia have been the ridicule of many in the last few years, England will be pressing again for their commonwealth rivals to continue their time in the doldrums.

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    The dominant England of the last three years has attracted envy as green as an English meadow from certain sections. No one would even begin to question who the better test team is, without risking utter ridicule. The question is, will the successful one-day England team, who have broken ODI records by having six consecutive centurions, have one eye on the real series this summer against number 2 South Africa, or will they continue to hammer everything in sight? My vote goes for the latter. Australia have been the ridicule of many in the last few years, England will be pressing again for their commonwealth rivals to continue their time in the doldrums.

  • nlight on June 25, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Of these Bairstow, Dernbach & Patel would appear to have less claim to a place.

  • PDTM on June 25, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    A full strength team, minus their best batsman.

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Hey Front-Foot-Lunge,

    This is an ODI series. Have a look at the ICC rankings. I hope England makes a game of it. You know, for the spectators...

    As for the Test rankings, the pudding is next year. We'll see about the proof.

    Now about getting cocky. Let me know when England has dominated Test cricket for over 15 years. That was PRETTY FREAKIN' SWEET, OOOOH YEAAHHH!!! ;-)

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Australia is still the No1 ODI Team in the World, never under estimate the Aussies.

  • chilled_avenger on June 25, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Australia may not be as good as England in tests,but they are the No.1 team in ODI rankings for crying out loud! Just because England iis No. 1 in Tests doesn't mean that ODI rankings are of no importance now. Remember that in last 3 ODI Series played between the two teams,Australia won by a margin of 6-1 home and away in 2009 and 2011 while England won a home series in 2010 by 3-2! Will you still say that Australia has been a ridicule and England is hammering everything? Aussies are the No.1 team in ODIs just as England is No.1 in Tests so don't undermine them in ODIs.

  • on June 25, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Aussies best in the world verses a resurgent England ODI. Aussies havent lost a ODI series in a while and will be tough and have a whole new lineup of youth mixed with experience. I say england will get rocked by this Aussie team. Last time Australia visitied the series was 6-1. England have beaten the not so good ODI teams in the past series and i think Australia will win comfortably

  • Patchmaster on June 25, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @ Front Foot Lunge. Perfectly put !

  • Front-Foot_lunge on June 25, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Sadly, the closest Cook ever gets to lifting a series trophy, is the pre-series photo-shoot.... If it wasn't for rain in Wellington, we wouldn't have even had the Test sceptre to pose with and embarrassingly have to hand back lose to 40K in performance fees for being number 1 in test for so little time......

  • chicko1983 on June 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @F-F-L - show us your mineral wealth ... Err...I mean, show us your sub continent series wins! I noticed that you included the The last three years. Well since 2009, Australia are 22 wins, 10 losses, and 7 draws. England are 23 wins, 9 losses, 12 draws. Dominant poms, Hahaha! The last year highlights the " dominance" even more - Australia 9-3-3 and England 10-4-3. Oh yeah, When was the last time such a dominant team got whitewashed?